Catching Some Redemption

Under coach Dennis Green, the bad-boy and second-chance Minnesota Vikings roll toward a league title

Even the most desperate football coaches understand that God isn't known to wear cleats, that Super Bowl rings and contract extensions are unlikely priorities in his divine order. Yet earlier this year, during the NFL draft, Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green found himself dialing up his minister and praying that his controversial decision to draft a kid named Randy Moss would not be in vain.

No one doubted that Moss, a wide receiver from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., was supremely talented: at 6 ft. 4 in. he was speedy and sure-handed. But 19 NFL teams had passed over...

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